The Chelsea Film Festival (CFF) has been selected in the "TOP 10 BEST FILM FESTIVAL IN NORTH AMERICA" (#6) by USA Today in 2019 among 19 other film festivals in the USA.

CFF is an organization dedicated to supporting films and the artists who create them by providing a creative forum for exchange and discovery with the public.

The Festival will attract filmmakers, artists and audience members from across North America and around the globe. It will premiere independent feature-length, documentaries and short films with a Global Focus.

Chelsea Film Festival aims to raise an awareness about foreign independent films and discover upcoming talents.

The Chelsea Film Festival is an international film platform for world lovers.

There are 20+ awards in each category Short and Feature-Length (Best actor, actress, supporting actor, actress, screenplay, documentary, director, Best Picture).


Chelsea Film Festival 8th Edition

Entries must be New York City premieres and have been completed in 2019 or 2020. Films shown in other festivals or public screenings in New York are not eligible for consideration (The Committee reserves the right to waive this rule in the case of small non-commercial, non-publicized showings).

Work can only be submitted via streaming video.

Exhibition Format authorized: DCP

Feature-length Films and Documentaries must be between 90 minutes maximum and not less than 60 minutes.

Short Films must be between 3-20 minutes maximum.

Virtual Reality: under 15 minutes (VR competition is a separate category)

Films must not have been released on any online platforms prior to the Festival (i.e. Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Vimeo, YouTube, etc.)

Films in any language other than English must be subtitled in English.

Theme: Global Issues

Submissions are not refundable.

Force Majeur Clause: Due to Covid-19 pandemic and unforeseen outcome, the Chelsea Film Festival reserves the right to postpone or move the event to a digital platform if necessary.

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Overall Rating
  • Veronica McKenzie

    It was great to be part of the Chelsea Film Festival and to see Nine Nights on the huge screen. Very exciting! The panels were great with lots of industry people sharing their wisdom. Plus we were able to network with filmmakers from around the world in gorgeous NYC venues. The team led by Sonia and Ingrid were so friendly and made sure we were well fed and watered. Great job!

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Veronica for your feedback! We hope to see you back in town this year!

  • Marieke Niestadt

    Chelsea film festival was absolutely wonderful! The screenings where fantastic. (AMC theater ). The festival did everything to make you feel welcome. It was great to have a meet and greet on the first morning, so if you are by yourself (like I was), you can hook up to the other filmmakers right away. I was thrilled and honored that my short film “Meeting the Other Woman” won 2 awards. Best supporting actress and best director!
    I will recommend all my film friends to submit to this festival! I know I will do so again with my next film!

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful review and spreading the word to your friends. We truly appreciate your feedback. The filmmakers meet & greet Breakfast is definitely one of our favorite events 😀
    We will look out for your feature film!

  • Florent Haese

    It's always a pleasure to participate to the chelsea filmfestival.

    This is the second time for me and the mind is still the same. It's very friendly , the staff is very welcoming. This filmfest have an enormous spirit of sharing.

    You only arrive with your film but you leave with friends.

    I'm love it. Thanks.

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Florent! We were so grateful to screen the World Premiere of such an important movie like yours. Keep us informed of your first feature film! All the best until then.

  • The Chelsea Film Festival was a amazing experience.We had a great time and also the opportunity to meet very talented people.I recommend this powerful festival to all.

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your review! We look forward to having you again with another project.

  • Addie Doyle

    Chelsea Film Festival has a knack for creating an ideal festival experience. Lots of events, panels, red carpets--a perfect networking opportunity to build community and get the word out about your movie. My team got to meet so many other wonderful filmmakers and have the opportunity to have our film screened to a packed house. Thank you, Chelsea Film Festival. We hope to be back next year!

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Wow! Thank you so much for your feedback. We truly appreciate it and definitely hope to have you back next year :). Crossing fingers!